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angry worker

Last year, Mental Health America published its  Workplace Health Survey and a major revelation rang out: People are looking for new work because of “Lack of support and recognition.”

First, a little more background, courtesy of this Inc. article:

70 percent of respondents who participated in the Workplace Health Survey were either “actively looking for new job opportunities” or were thinking about it “always, often, or sometimes.” More than 17,000 employees across 19 industries in the U.S. were surveyed about workplace culture, workplace stress, and the overall state of workers’ mental health.

The survey goes deeper yet:

  • Only 21 percent of respondents felt that they were paid what they deserved.
  • 45 percent of respondents said that they were “rarely or never” paid what they deserved.
  • 77 percent of respondents believed that skilled employees were not given proper recognition.
  • 44 percent of respondents believed that skilled employees were “always or often” overlooked and not given recognition.
  • 36 percent and 34 percent of respondents felt that they could rely on supervisor and colleague support, respectively.
  • 74 percent of respondents felt hindered by trivial activities or felt micromanaged.
  • 65 percent of respondents reported feeling isolated in their workplace because of an
    unhelpful and hostile environment.
The Inc. article makes a good case for who’s to blame, and it’s hard to argue: LEADERSHIP.
Good workplace leaders know how to make their team feel heard, understood, and an empowered, active contributor. As the Inc. article states, “it’s interesting to note that 75 percent of respondents in workplaces that scored as “healthy” noted that they experienced open-door and relaxed work environments led by such leaders.”
This is hard evidence that being a good listener and supporting your team is an essential part of career development in a management role.